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Solved MS Word 2016: can you switch "her" and "him" in a long doc?

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  1. bj nick

    bj nick Thread Starter

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    I wonder if there's a solution to this issue.....I have many docs/forms (this is mainly literary/author stuff), where I'd like to change "her" to "him." For example, a document might be referring to a female character throughout (not a NAME, just "her.") Doing this as a straight find/replace obviously results in tons of words like "fathim," "eithim," mothim" etc. Is there a neat, clever way to accomplish this?
     
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    The MS-Word 2016 Replace dialog box has a "More >>" button. Clicking it expands the box to show several options including to only find whole words.

    You will need to be cautioous if you first try to replace all the "his" with "her" and then replce all the "her" with "his". You'll end up with all "his" Something like first replacing all the "his" with "hhiiss", then replacing all the "her" with "his", and finally replacing all the "hhiiss" with "her" should keep things straight.

    It also would not hurt to make a backup copy of the original in case the swap does not go as desired.
     
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    Very helpful; sorry, I forgot about the "more" option.......made all the difference. Thanks!
     
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    You're welcome!
     
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